Iain Broom

Organizing Committee Member (NSFT - 2018)

Emeritus Professor

Robert Gordon University

United Kingdom


Professor Broom is a graduate of both Aberdeen (BSc (Hons) Biochemistry) and Glasgow (MBChB) Universities with postgraduate training in Metabolic Medicine and Chemical Pathology again in both cities.  He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of both Glasgow and Edinburgh and was awarded A DSc from Robert Gordon University for work on protein metabolism in health and disease.  He has held a Wellcome Research Fellowship (University of Glasgow) and was appointed as a Lecturer in Surgery and Chemical Pathology (University of Aberdeen) in 1979 to develop a Surgical Metabolic Unit to look after metabolic problems occurring in patients after surgery and to provide nutrition support in such patients. He also continued his interest in Diabetes by providing physician services to the Aberdeen Diabetic clinic where he worked from 1979 to 2009.  In 1983 he received an MRC Programme Grant in collaboration with the Rowett Research Institute to continue his work on protein metabolism.

In 1989 he transferred to NHS Grampian as a Consultant in Metabolic Medicine and Chemical Pathology, continuing as Sen.Lect./Professor of Metabolic Medicine at Aberdeen University.  During the subsequent years he developed the Regional Lipid Clinic (for patients with disturbances in cholesterol metabolism), and the Nutrition Clinic, the latter combining both individuals with general nutritional/metabolic disturbances and also patients requiring obesity management.  This was one of only 2 units in Scotland dealing with obesity at that time.  The obesity clinic arose out of Professor Broom’s time in the Dept. of Surgery where he acted as the physician assessing obese patients for bariatric surgery, but developed non-surgical means of addressing their weight management problems.

 In 1996 he was appointed as NHS Grampian’s first R&D Directorand in 1997 became the first Chairman of NHS R&D Directors working closely with the Chief Scientists Office at Scottish Government Health Dept. to manage the transfer of R&D funding from one system to another.  In 2000 he was awarded an Honorary Professorship in Clinical Biochemistry at Robert Gordon University (RGU) and in 2003, on leaving the R&D Dept. at NHS Grampian he moved his research base from Aberdeen University to RGU and developed the Centre for Obesity Research and Epidemiology (CORE), whist still maintaining his clinical activities within NHS Grampian and links with Aberdeen University.  In 2005 he was awarded a Clinical Professorship in Metabolic Medicine at Aberdeen University, but continued to have his main research base at RGU, the only person to simultaneously hold Chairs in both of the Aberdeen Universities.  From 2003 he led a multicentre research programme, with RGU as the lead Institution in collaboration with the Universities of Bath, Cambridge, Glasgow, Leeds, Warwick and Imperial College, London, to develop evidence-based clinical management pathways in the treatment of obesity and associated diseases – The Counterweight Programme. 

 Counterweight was eventually adopted by the Scottish Government to be delivered throughout Primary Care in Scotland, with full evaluation and economic impact.  Simultaneously Counterweight was also adopted in 33 Primary Care Trusts in England as their Obesity Management Programme.  In 2012 Counterweight was spun out as an independent company and now operates in the UK, Canada and Australia.

In 2009 Professor Broom was awarded a DSc from RGU on submission of his published work from Glasgow and Aberdeen on Protein Metabolism in Health and Disease.  Also in 2009 he retired from NHS Grampian but continued as Director of CORE at RGU in a part-time capacity, specifically to continue his research work on obesity and diabetes with funding from Scottish Government, the NHS and Industry, and retired from this in July 2016, but awarded Emeritus Professorship by RGU to allow continuation of his academic work.  He continues to carry out research at RGU and collaborate internationally, having recently completed a lecture tour of Australia (2014) at the invitation of the University of Sydney.  He was recently part of the Research Excellence Framework assessment team at Universities UK, assessing research excellence and impact from all UK universities over the previous 5 year period.He is also an advisor to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission re allocation of postgraduate research studentships and postdoctoral fellowships.

Research Interest
Metabolic Medicine, Chemical Pathology and Protein Metabolism in Health and Disease.